Illustration: Cristina Daniela Gagiu Storyteller: Oana Maroti
Dracula meets Cthulhu in the vermoutheria. Umbra Mirabelei was on her way out, while Cthulhu enters.
Umbra Mirabelei: Greetings, Cthulhu!
Cthulhu smiling: Hello, my child! Are you leaving?
Umbra Mirabelei: Yes, I´m going to exercise my shadow power on the streets.
Cthulhu: Good, good, my child. Exercise is always nice. See you later!
Cthulhu sits down at Dracula´s table with an impressive speed for such a corpulent rubbery body.
Cthulhu towards Dracula: Hi, Dra, man. Nice reversible mantle you have on, it´s custom made?
Dracula with a straight face: Hi Cthulhu. Thank you, darling. Yes, I made it myself. Okey, I will get straight to the subject. I needed to see you immediately.
Cthulhu with a soft look: No problemo, Dra. I´m here.
Dracula: Well, I´m worried.
Cthulhu: Indeed, you look worried. What´s up?
Dracula: What do you think of this whole coronavirus situation? Will they try to hunt us down even more after all this infected bat story?
Cthulhu: Man, haters will always try to hunt you down, hunt me down. I mean, they don´t call us monsters for no reason, you know. They believe we are evil.
Dracula: They call monsters even their own kind. Those with different genetics or beliefs than what humans consider as being ¨normal¨ are monsters in the haters eyes. Look how they label the impaired people and disrespect the artists…
Cthulhu: You see… that´s it. You already found your answer. The impaired ones and artists are humans indeed, we are not even humans. No protection for us, not even a bit, they will always hunt us down for any reason and that is precisely what makes us even stronger, durable, like legends or myths.
Dracula: Noroc, my friend! So good to see you. How´s home?
Cthulhu: Not complaining. The sea is better than ever. The water is cleaner these days. We manage to repopulate properly. Hahaha! Without humans around, it´s all love down there, baby.
Dracula: Oh, repopulation, such good news, let´s drink to that! By the way, do you prefer sweet or salted water?
Cthulhu with a big smile on his face, arranging his tentacles: I usually do osmosis, but a glass of sweet water would be nice.
They raised and clinked their glasses while in the background Cerrone’s famous song started: Supernature.